Apex Digital has become the first company certified to manufacture DVD players that let consumers view photos stored on Kodak Picture CDs. The Apex Digital 5131 player will be available this month for about $200, the companies said in a statement. The agreement is part of Kodak's efforts to make it easier for consumers to view and share digital photos.
Apex's DVD player will use a chip from ESS Technology. Last month, Kodak and ESS announced an agreement to develop the chips that give DVD players the ability to read Kodak Picture CDs. The new DVD player can rotate images, offer thumbnail displays of pictures on one screen, display slide shows, zoom in and create special effects. Kodak said it is working to add Internet capabilities to the DVD players so consumers will be able to e-mail digital photos and use online photo printing services.